This Merit Badge
is Required to earn the Eagle Scout Rank
These were the REQUIREMENTS
before the REVISIONS made on 04/01/1999.
To see the current requirements
Until April 1, 1999, either this Merit Badge
or Swimming MB or Sports MB
was Required to earn the Eagle Scout Rank
The requirements for this Merit Badge were revised AFTER the 1999
Requirements Book was issued, and were documented in
BSA Publication 18-083, released in late March, 1999.
They also appear in the 2000
A new Personal Fitness
merit badge pamphlet has been produced
and is now available.
Scouts could continue to earn Personal
Fitness using the requirements listed below, until April 1, 2000.
They could use the either the existing
merit badge pamphlet, or the new one, to fulfill either the old
or new requirements.
Click Here for
the new requirements, which became effective on April 1, 1999.
To get a copy of the Personal Health and
Medical Record Form,
(the Scout medical examination form mentioned in requirement 1a)
CLICK HERE for the Class 1 & 2 form (34414) ,
HERE for the CLASS 3 form (34412) .
To view and print the medical examination
form, you will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader, which can be obtained
by clicking on the icon below.
If meeting any of the requirements for this merit badge is against
the Scout's religious convictions, it does not have to be done if
the boy's parents and proper church officials state in writing that:
- To do so would be against religious convictions.
- The parents accept full responsibility for anything that
might happen because of such exemption. They release the Boy
Scouts of America from any responsibility.
- Before you try to meet any other requirements, have
your physician give you a thorough health examination. He
or she is to use
the Scout medical examination form. Describe the examination.
Tell what questions you asked about your health. Tell what
recommendations your doctor made. Report what you have done
about them. Explain the following:
- Why physical exams are important
- Why preventative habits are important in maintaining
- Diseases that can be prevented and how.
- The seven warning signs of cancer.
- Have an examination made by your dentist. Get a statement
saying that your teeth have been checked and cared for.
Tell how you care for your teeth.
- Explain to your merit badge counselor verbally or in writing
what personal fitness means to you, including:
- Components of personal fitness
- Reasons for being fit in all components.
- What is means to be mentally healthy
- What it means to be physically healthy and fit.
- What it means to be socially healthy. Discuss several
healthy social traits.
- What can you do to prevent social, emotional, or mental
- From the PERSONAL FITNESS merit badge pamphlet, answer the
questions titled "Evaluating Your Personal Fitness" and list
several signs of poor personal fitness. Describe your activity
in the eight areas listed.
- With your counselor answer and discuss the following questions:
- Are you free from all curable diseases? Are you living
in such a way that your risk of preventable diseases is
- Are you immunized and vaccinated according to the advice
of your family and school physicians?
- Do you understand the meaning of a nutritious diet and
know why it is important for you? Does your diet include
foods from all the food groups?
- Is you body weight and composition what you would like
it to be and do you know how to modify it safely through
exercise, diet, and behavior modification?
- Do you carry out daily activities without noticeable
effort? Do you have extra energy for other activities?
- Are you free from habits relating to nutrition and the
use of alcohol, tobacco, drugs, and other practices that
could be harmful to your health?
- Do you participate in a regular exercise program or
- Do you sleep well at night and wake up feeling refreshed
and energized for the new day?
- Are you actively involved in the religious organization
of your choice and do you participate in their youth activities?
- Do you spend quality time with your family and friends
in social and recreation activities?
- Do you support family activities and efforts to maintain
a good home life?
- Explain the following about physical fitness:
- The components of physical fitness
- Your weakest and strongest component of physical fitness
- The need to have a balance in all four components of
personal fitness relate to the Scout Laws and Scout Oath
- Explain the following about nutrition:
- The importance of good nutrition
- What good nutrition means to you
- How good nutrition is related to the other components
of personal fitness
- The three components of a sound weight (fat) control
- From the PERSONAL FITNESS merit badge pamphlet, perform
the physical fitness test (chapter 8) with your patrol leader,
Scoutmaster, parent, or adviser before doing the next two requirements.
Be evaluated above the 50th percentile in the aerobic endurance
test, flexibility test, and muscular strength test.
AEROBIC ENDURANCE TEST
There are several tests that can used. They are the 9 or
12 minute run and the 1 or 1+ mile run. In the timed run, the
objective is to run as far as you can in the allotted time (9
or 12 minutes). In the distance run, the objective is to run
the given distance (1 or 1+ miles) in the shortest time. Walking
is permitted but the Scouts should not stop. If they need to
stop running, they should walk until they can continue to run.
By using the sit-and-reach test, boys should remove their
shoes and sit down facing the sit-and-reach box with knees fully
extended and flat on the floor and feet up against the end of
the board. The arm are extended forward with the hands placed
on top of each other with palms down. The boy bends at the hips
and reaches forward along the measuring scale four times. Record
the farthest reach.
to see how to build a Sit and Reach Box.
MUSCULAR STRENGTH TEST
Using timed sit-ups, the boy lies on his back with knees
flexed, feet on the floor, and heels 12 to 18 inches from the
buttocks. The arms are crossed on the chest with the hands on
the opposite shoulders. The feet are held by partners to keep
them in touch with the floor. The boy curls to the sitting position
until the elbows touch the thighs. Arms must remain on the chest.
The number of sit-ups that the boy can correctly do in 60 seconds
is the score.
- Outline a 4-week physical fitness program using the results
of your physical fitness tests. Use the guidelines in chapter
8 to write your program. Use exercises to develop aerobic endurance,
upper body muscular strength, and flexibility of the lower back
and legs. Have the program approved by your Scoutmaster or adviser
and your parents.
- Fulfill requirement 1 for this merit badge
- Complete one of the four aerobic endurance tests, the
flexibility test, the muscular strength and endurance test,
and the body composition measurements.
- Fill in your results on the record sheet and chart your
percentile ranks for each test (using the norms found in
the appendix) on the progress chart.
- Determine the types of exercises you want or need to
do, the amount of time you have to exercise, and the equipment
or facilities that are available for your use.
- If muscular strength exercises are to be a part of your
program, determine how many push-ups and pull- ups you can
- Use the guidelines discussed in the text concerning
cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, and muscular strength
and endurance to determine the frequency, intensity, and
duration of your exercises.
- Write your exercise program out for each day of the
week on a sheet of paper. Have it approved by your adviser
or Scoutmaster and parents.
- Retest yourself after 2 full weeks of exercising. Also
retest for the number of pull-ups and push-ups you can do.
Record the results of this test on the record sheet and
graph the percentile ranks on the progress chart.
- Retest yourself after another 2 full weeks of exercising
and record your results on the record sheet and progress
- Carry out the physical fitness program you write in requirement
8. Keep a log of all your exercises (i.e. How long you exercised;
how far you ran, swam, or biked; how many exercises you did;
your exercise heart rate; etc.). Test yourself again after two
weeks of exercise on the information sheets provided in the
PHYSICAL FITNESS merit badge pamphlet. Compare improvements.
Describe your experience.
- Describe your long-term plans regarding your personal fitness.
BSA Advancement ID#: 10